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Danish spy chief jailed for allegedly leaking classified information

Lars Findsen, the head of Denmark’s foreign intelligence service, was named as one of four people arrested in December for leaks of classified information. His name was made public after a Copenhagen court lifted an order preventing his identity from being revealed.

Findsen was arrested on December 9 after what the Danish Security and Intelligence Service, the country’s national intelligence service also known as PET, called a “lengthy investigation into leaks” within the intelligence service , according to a statement from the country’s intelligence unit. The trial is currently underway, the statement said.

At the time of Findsen’s arrest in December, intelligence services said the four arrested were both current and former PET employees and employees of the Danish Defense Intelligence Service (DDIS). Findsen has been at the helm of DDIS since 2015.

Prior to that he was head of the police intelligence service and head of department at the Danish Ministry of Defense.

Few details are known about the case, including the nature of the alleged leaks. The trial takes place behind closed doors.

At the time of the arrests, PET said the four were charged under Section 109 (1) of the Danish Criminal Code, carrying a maximum sentence of 12 years in prison.

Findsen’s attorney, Lars Kjeldsen, told CNN his client “denies all charges” against him. The next closed-door hearing for the trial is scheduled for a month, he said.

Kjeldsen also told CNN that it was at Findsen’s request that the Copenhagen City Court lifted the naming ban.

When asked for more details on the charges, the Danish intelligence service told CNN it had no further comment.


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